KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian employees are the world’s fourth most dedicated workforce after India, Brazil and Italy, according to a survey by an online travel service.
A study by Expedia.com.my on vacation deprivation found that nine out of 10 employees in Malaysia found it difficult to forget work, even while on vacation.
It said Malaysians spent about 40 hours work a week at work, but got an average of only 14 days annual leave, one of the lowest in the world.
The main reason why Malaysians do not take advantage of their leave was due to failure to coordinate their holiday break with their partners, it added.
“About 40 per cent of employees surveyed said they were reluctant to take vacations because they were not sure whether their bosses were supportive of such decision.
“Another 15 per cent were worried that their professional careers will be viewed negatively if they were to go on holidays,” said the statement.
The survey compares vacationing habits of over 8,000 people employed adults in 22 countries in Asia, Australasia, North and South America and Europe.
The study also found that Japanese had the shortest annual leave, 13 days a year, but took only five days while South Koreans took seven of their ten days annual leave. –Bernama